With KUKA to the factory of the future

That Industrie 4.0 is not simply a trendy buzzword for KUKA will be demonstrated by the Augsburg-based robot and system builder at this year’s Hannover Messe.

The HRC-ready LBR iiwa as part of the factory of the future (Photo: KUKA Roboter GmbH)

The HRC-ready LBR iiwa as part of the factory of the future (Photo: KUKA Roboter GmbH)

KUKA has focused its attention on the networking of robot-based systems with various services and machines for several years now. At its trade fair booth, KUKA is showing how human-robot collaboration (HRC), mobile systems and open communication standards are opening the door to the flexible and adaptive production of the future.

Flexibility is the main driver of Industrie 4.0. Flexible time planning, flexible resources, flexible products, flexible manufacturing facilities are the basic preconditions. “Intelligent and flexible automation solutions are a central element of Industrie 4.0,” explains Dr. Till Reuter, CEO of KUKA AG.

KUKA innovations and developments consistently follow the core concept of simple integration. With the LBR iiwa lightweight robot and its Java-based Sunrise controller, which are at the center of this year’s booth, KUKA is now taking a step further, offering products that are ready for Industrie 4.0. They form the core of the numerous industrial applications showcasing the focal topics of human-robot collaboration, mobility and smart platforms.

Communication between robot and worker will be possible in multiple ways, e.g. via smart watches (Photo: KUKA Roboter GmbH)

Communication between robot and worker will be possible in multiple ways, e.g. via smart watches (Photo: KUKA Roboter GmbH)

“In its capacity as an automation company, KUKA is playing a central role in the practical implementation of Industrie 4.0. This is because Industrie 4.0 stands for the networking of the real world of manufacturing with the virtual world. It is all about the interoperability of systems, and this is precisely where the strengths of KUKA lie,” states Dr. Till Reuter, CEO of KUKA AG.

At Hannover Messe, KUKA is demonstrating that it is already directing its attention to the future. This also involves opening up new markets. The acquisition of the Swiss logistics company Swisslog and the establishment of KUKA Industries are tapping new potential for KUKA.

 

 

Source kuka-robotics.com